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Mona Mann Beckett
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BLOOD RED THE COLOR OF INSANITY, She began talking to the walls, cursing and laughing, her words were of a sexual tone. The abuse she had suffered at the hands of her demon father was beginning to surface now after the trauma of having two babies within a year took its toll on her mind. She had stopped taking baths and wearing clean clothes. She painted her tiny kitchen blood red. She tried to stab my father to death, and would lay in her bed and say she was waiting to be sucked up to heaven through a straw. The Police car came to our house, she was handcuffed and put into the car screaming as they drove away, "my babies, my babies, who will take care of my babies?" Walk with me back in time as I revisit my families life with a mentally ill Mother and discover what secret in her childhood drove her there.We will journey back to her early years in Somerton, Az in the 1920's, her marriage to my father in the 1940's, her life with two small children in Long Beach, Ca. while he fought in WW2's Battle of the Buldge. Read his memories that secured his place in the Great generation but would lead to the nightmares that haunted him the rest of his life. Then we will travel into the 1950's when my sister and I were born one year apart and our Mother began her decline into the darkness of Schizophrenia. Wonder with me how she ever survived her years in the mental institutions with her unconditional love of family intact. Feel my pain as my sister and I are seperated from her and our family as babies to be cared for by Dad's sister on the original Mann farm. Relive our growing up years in the 50's and 60's after coming home from the farm and surviving in a wounded family with a mentally ill Mother who whould appear back home for a time and then disappear again, and an alcoholic father doing the best he could to hold his family together. Follow me into adulthood as I marry a wounded child and raise my own family and discover the secret my Mother had carried in her soul is a curse and tries to infect the generations that follow. Feel our pain as our beloved older sister falls victim to a pain pill addiction that would take her beauty and end her life, our heartbreak as we try to save her but fail. Walk with me as I become my father's caretaker during the winter of his life. Feel my hope and joy as I conclude that with Jesus Christ as my Savior, and the knowledge someday I will greet my loved ones again as healthy and whole in heaven, I will finally learn the truth, why my family had to suffer, what lesson God had wanted us to learn. One lesson I learned from my beloved Mother, to love, give, and serve.
Little Mo Daughter of a Schizophrenic

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  • File Size: 2506 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: MONA BECKETT; 1 edition (April 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CABL966
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story! April 21, 2013
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This is an amazing story of a beautiful girl, little Mo is so strong. This story inspires me to appreciate everything else I have in life. Amazing story! (:
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of a Schizophrenic Mother April 21, 2013
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"All happy familys resemble one another,
each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Tolstoy

Lil Mo; Daughter of a Schizophrenic Mother

Family history measures the meaning behind a family name. Lil Mo Mann-Beckett comes from an honorable American family, legitimately rooted in the history of our country. Members include a confederate in the Civil War, her father who heroically survived the 'Battle of the Bulge', her brother, a Viet Nam veteran, and grandchildren who served in Middle Eastern conflicts. Along the way, one member of the tribe became a four star Marine general.
The American 'Dust Bowl' migrations of the 'Great Depression', documented by American literature, brought the Mann family to the banks of the Colorado River near Yuma, Arizona, where a renewed life of farming began.
Lil Mo writes about her childhood in Yuma and about 'The Secret' in the underbelly of this honorable and legitimate American family living in one of America's most elemental small towns.
'The Secret' builds on a vulnerable and deranged mother, and a destructively alcoholic father. 'The Secret' is in the underbelly of this honorable family, and challenges the survival of Lil Mo and her two sisters within the reality of an abused and chaotic childhood. Lil Mo tells a story that begins in her heart. Each painful page must be read with care and understanding.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Little Sister's Book April 21, 2013
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My sister has been working on this book for several years. The pain, neglect and confusion we endured as little children was unspeakable. I left home at 17, little knowing I couldn't run away from my childhood. It caught up to me and almost crippled my life when I was in my 20's with two little boys. At some level of consciousness I became convinced I was going insane like my mother had at that age. I spent several years in Adult Children of Alcoholics and four years in therapy healing. My journey took me to the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute where I studied with some of the top analysts in the country, including the discoverer of lithium. God, in his infinite wisdom and sense of humor found me a home on the Cal State Univerity Campus which is the old Camarillo State Hospital where my mother was a patient when I was a toddler. She ran away from here and walked all the way to Long Beach to my grandmother's house with rags on her bloody feet. I have walked these grounds many times thinking about her time being incarcerated here.

All this time, I encouraged Mona to get help. I remember putting an ACofA flyer on her refrigerator. I guess she was not ready until now and I believe this book is her way of healing. It is written from her heart and speaks truth all the way. Yes, I saw the reviews and it needs some work on grammar and paragraphs but that is irrelevant. Her story pours out from her soul and transcends that. Love, Sherry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a tale of strength and courage April 21, 2013
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What a moving and honest tale of the highs, lows, and longings of a remarkable family's journey. Many who read this may say that they too know a part of this tale and find a sense of assurance that they may not be alone with their secrets, and that others may understand. wishing you peace Little Mo and Robert.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspration of a lost child April 20, 2013
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I would have given this writing four stars expect for the long paragraphs. I found through this book my heart breaking for this family. It makes me appreciate my family even more. My father was an alcoholic but I remember before he began to drink and was there when he went into recovery. Having said this I always knew I would be loved, fed and clothed. I am sure there are many people out there that have experienced life like this or worse. Hopefully, this book will show them that they are not alone. That keeping the Secret only makes things worse not better. I think it was very brave of this author to bear her soul for others and hope that this has brought a small measure of healing for her and her family. It is easy to say that God will take care of you when all is going well for you. It is another to have a strong faith when the whole of life seems to be against you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars intrigued by this book. June 20, 2014
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I'm a neighbor of Mona's and was intrigued by this book. you never really know someone until they've shared their secrets with you. I'm amazed that my life has had many parallels to Mona's. Without this book I would never had known. Good job, Mona. I look forward to the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read December 26, 2013
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Really enjoyed reading this book. Was well written and let's you into the state of mental illness. You will enjoy reading this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacked consistency August 1, 2013
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This book's storyline was hard to follow. I lost interest in it several times, but I kept reading, thinking it would get better. To me, the book seemed invented, rather than true.
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Mona Mann Beckett was born December 22, 1951 in Yuma, Arizona into a family of mental illness, alcoholism, and unconditional love. She decided after her beloved mother passed away in 1992 to search her families history to try and discover the reason for the dysfunction and codependence of their lives. She searched the memories of many family members to uncover her father's ancestors pioneering spirit, moving to Yuma, Arizona in the dust bowl years, to the deep dark secrets her mother's family kept, the reason for her mental breakdown. She was amazed to discover the courage of her father and the faith her mother
had, to be able to hold her family together despite the hand fate had dealt them. She wrote Little Mo, Daughter of a Schizophrenic to try and heal her wounded child and now wants to share it with the untold others who have suffered in silence. She now lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband of forty four years, her two grown daughters and her beloved grandchildren. She counts Golden the twentyfive years she spent working with her husband to build a business and teaching third and fourth graders in her Church's Sunday School.Without her faith in God she never would have survived.

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